A new journalism grant on Bold.org, a platform for student scholarships and grants, is awarding $1,000 to fund a local journalism project for a current student in high school or at any accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program at a 4-year, 2-year, vocational, or technical institution.

“Faced with intense pressure, it is as important as ever that talented reporters be supported in their pursuit of quality journalism,” states Bold.org. “This is particularly true at the local level. Without sufficient local journalism, residents go without the information they need to make critical decisions, hold institutions accountable, and cast informed votes.”

According to a report by Pen American titled “Losing the News: The Decimation of Local News and the Search for Solutions,” newspapers have suffered the most, losing over $35 billion in ad revenue and 47% of newsroom staff over the past 15 years. Over 1,800 newspapers have shut down, leaving more than three million people without a newspaper, and more than at least a thousand have become “ghost newspapers” with limited original reporting.

The Bold.org Local Journalism Grant is supporting aspiring journalists. The application deadline is January 31, 2020, and Bold.org will announce one winner on February 25.

The required essay length is between 500-1000 words, and students should address the following questions:

–Why are you passionate about journalism? Which journalism projects have you pursued in the past?

–What local journalism project would you like to pursue? Explain why this project will be important for your community. Why is this a story worth telling?

–To which local newspaper(s) do you plan on pitching your story?

–If you receive the grant, how would you use the funding?

Bold.org also accepts student nominations. The winner is selected on their passion for journalism and the quality of the proposed project. To apply, nominate, or for more information on the grant award, visit bold.org/scholarships/bold-local-journalism-grant/